Best Animal Encounters For Kids Around Brisbane

  • Preschoolers

By: Carolyn Tate
Jan 23, 2019 

Everyone knows Queensland is blessed with a plethora of creeping, swimming, winged and tailed wildlife. But contrary to what is believed overseas, it’s unlikely you would encounter any little (or large!) critter in your backyard. So where do you find them? To answer that, we’ve identified the animal encounters for kids around Brisbane that will leave you and your little ones wanting more.

Dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort

If you’re a budding eco warrior, this one’s for you! Tangalooma is only one of three places in Australia where you can hand feed a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins. Since 1992, the pristine and protected Moreton Bay has become a haven for visiting dolphins every evening at dusk and a renowned experience for families. In only 75 minutes by ferry from Brisbane, you and your little ones will be able to meet Echo, Calypso, Cruze and also the newest baby dolphin recently welcomed to the bay. The little one is yet to be named and the Tangalooma Eco Rangers are asking for name suggestions through the Tangalooma Social Media channels.


Koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Who wouldn’t want to hug a cuddly koala? Meeting these furry creatures is a must-do in Australia, along with over 130 different species of wildlife, including kangaroos. It is a great opportunity for the little ones to get amongst nature, learn about wildlife conservation and their habitat and meet their favourite animal. 

Crocodiles at Australia Zoo

There aren’t many locations you can get face-to-face with a croc – Crikey! Australian underwater natives like the fresh water crocodile can grow to almost five-metres and hold their breath under water for extreme lengths of time. For many families, leaving the animal kingdom mingling to the Irwin’s is a good idea! So take a seat in front row to learn and watch these prehistoric creatures swim, explore and jump for their lunch!

Bird feeding at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Lamington National Park provides the perfect backdrop for a bird lovers dream. Home to over 160 different varieties of sub-tropical birds, O’Reilly’s is the ideal setting to familiarise yourself with Australia’s native birdlife.

Simply scatter some seed and watch the birds soar down around you and serenade you in the process.  

Echidnas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

You may have never considered cuddling an echidna, until now that is. A national icon, short-beaked echidna will enjoy your company as much as you enjoy learning about their unique and entertaining personality. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to an array of Aussie wildlife to thrill the whole family. However, every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday you and the family could get up close and personal with their resident echidnas. Definitely a ‘do not try this at home’ experience, it’s something the kids will talk about for years to come. 

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